The latest season of popular television series Who Do You Think You Are? is currently rolling out, this time with a local man taking to the small screen.
Carisbrook resident and president of the Goldfields Historical & Arts Society, John Tully is set to feature in an upcoming episode, exploring the family history of a celebrity in the region.
Although Mr Tully couldn’t say which celebrity’s history he’d be exploring, a star-studded line-up of Scott Cam, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Casey Donovan, Marta Dusseldorp, Kurt Fearnley, Rodger Corser, Jennifer Byrne and Kerri-Anne Kennerley make certain for an interesting episode.
“These people start on a journey learning about their family history, and they’ll go to someone who then leads them to someone else,” Mr Tully said.
“The person I spoke to was told his ancestors came from Maryborough, I met him at the town hall, which shows the affluence of the area during the gold rush era, which is when his ancestors were here, and told him a little bit about the area, especially Havelock where we found his family was actually from.”
Mr Tully said during the gold rush, the Havelock area boasted a large population and was known to be a fairly rough neck of the woods.
“I talked about what life was like in Havelock during the gold rush, the murders that happened and how rough it was — and that his ancestors were probably involved to a degree,” he said.
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